Start a Rock Collection.
Giving a sample of rock specimens, can be a good start for a child interested in geology.( Rock Collecting).
They’re handy and everywhere, small, and not too expensive.
Books, maps, a good rock hammer, a magnifier, and the guidance of local experts will take your child much further.
Starting Collecting Rock/Stones.
Start your Rock Collection , buying a pamphlet/book about rocks/gemstones and a few basic tools, is all you need to begin. Going on holidays in the car, stop and have a look around, on the side of the road, there is lots of places where you can find all different types of rocks Yes you can buy them but you don’t know if they are real.
Are Your Rocks Real.
How do you know if your rock is real or not.
Well if you go to a tourist shop and buy something packaged in a beautiful boxes or card, you can guest they are made by the millions, for shops. Don’t buy collections that are glued to a card—that discourages close examination of the rocks. Your rocks should still be dirty and have they own personality-look. Some rocks are the same size but one might be heavy, than the other rock. This is where you get the interest in Rockhunting/Fossicking. Understanding and finding out Why the different.
Joining your local Rock (lapidary ) Club Is a good idea. They will help you out, where to find rocks. Most of the time the clubs have tag along tours, and they show you what to look for.
There is a lot of shop that have samples of rocks, never buy ones that are clean and pretty/shiny. Buy dirty rocks and clean them up your self. use washing up detergent and a brush. to clean the dirt off. Again you local Lapidary club has the equipment to make your rock shine. Parents will most likely have to do all the work, because most clubs wont let children under 12 years use there machine.
Another away is to buy your own equipment. To clean and polish small rocks is to use a tumbler. Tumblers are used to put a high polish on stones, they round of the corners, come out pretty shinny. Takes up to 6 weeks.
The best way is to go to your local Lapidary Club and join, they have lots of equipment to use, and show you how to use the equipment and cut and polish your stone.
When I started out I used a Dremel to clean my rocks. I had to wear a mask because of the dust.My first stones I tried to polish was a opal, opal is mostly sandstone, so it was quite easy to shape a stone. With harder stone like a Amethyst, that are not clear, hit them with a hammer to make them smaller, then go and shape them. using a tumble to polish these stones are much easier way.
Use Wet and Dry Sand Paper.
Using wet and dry sand paper to polish a stone. Have a flat piece of glass, put your sand paper on the glass, wet if and start rubbing, it does take a long time. ( Do it while watching TV.)
I will add more equipment later.
Have a great day.